Around the Classes - Week 5 recap

Pratt's Johnny Martinez runs against Hoisington on Friday. (Everett Royer,
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Oct 3, 2022

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Class 6A:

Blue Valley West got a fourth-quarter touchdown run from Zach Darche to edge defending 6A champion Blue Valley Northwest, 27-26. Darche passed for 162 yards and two scores and Sage Huffman provided 132 rushing yards and a score for the Jaguars. Crew Myers caught three passes for 100 yards and a scores and Andrew Coltharp added 54 yards and caught Darche’s second touchdown. Grant Stubblefield rushed for 127 yards and a score for Blue Valley Northwest.

Lawrence picked up its fourth-straight win by defeating Shawnee Mission North, 44-14. The Lions led 17-7 at halftime before Tyrell Reed added three second-half touchdown runs to extend the lead to 37-7. Reed finished with 114 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. Brayden Heck added 80 yards rushing and another score. Kejuan Blake led the Bison with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Lawrence Free State scored in each quarter in pulling away from Shawnee Mission South, 45-13. The Firebirds answered an early Raider touchdown pass with 38 consecutive points to take control. Quarterback Wesley Edison passed for 180 yards and two touchdown passes – both to Devon Hamilton. Edison also rushed for more than 100 yards and added a rushing score. Tay Ware led the Firebird ground game with 108 yards and a touchdown.

Class 5A:

Goddard scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to top Andover Central, 20-14. Andover Central led 14-0 in the first half on a Jace Rees scoring run and a touchdown pass from Braden Barscewski to Drew Veatch. Goddard closed the gap to 14-6 at halftime before quarterback Ashton Sell connected on two more scoring passes in the fourth quarter. Sell’s 19-yard touchdown to Micah Johnson with under three minutes left proved to be the winner.

Spring Hill snapped a three-game losing skid with a 56-25 win at Ottawa. Junior Colton McKanna rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Broncos. Draven Pipkin added 109 yards on the ground and two scores. Sophomore quarterback Tyson Beashore passed for 115 yards with touchdown passes to Luke Metcalf and Cooper D’Albini.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel celebrated homecoming with a 70-0 win over Wichita Southeast. Kapaun scored 42 points in the first quarter and led 56-0 at half. Omari Elias rushed for 205 yards on 16 carries to lead the Crusaders. Dylan Hamilton completed all three of his passes for 72 yards and a score. Elias pushed his season total to 1,069 yards and eight touchdowns.

Valley Center improved to 4-1 with a 43-36 win over Salina Central. Hornet running back Dai’mont Mucker rushed for 340 yards and three scores on 37 attempts on Friday night.The Hornets have their best start since a 5-0 start to the 2017 season. Valley Center finished 5-4 in 2017.

KC Sumner Academy scored all its points in the first half in a 26-17 win over KC Schlagle. Antonio Harrison rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown to push his season total to 822 yards and eight scores. Quarterback Camron Johnson rushed for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jayden Gordon. Deavon McWashington also rushed for a touchdown for the Sabres. Schlagle scored on a touchdown pass from Stephon Jones to Kameron Daboe and a fumble return for a touchdown by Elonnie Fishback.


Class 4A:

Tonganoxie jumped over .500 with a 37-0 blanking of Bonner Springs. The Chieftains celebrated homecoming with 23 points in the second quarter to lead 30-0 at the half. Colton Brusven continued his breakout junior season with 151 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Brusven now has 940 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the season.

Louisburg scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Declan Battle to Mason Dobbins in overtime to tie Eudora, and Layne Ryals’ PAT gave the Wildcats the 28-27 win. Eudora scored first in OT and elected to go for the two-point conversion which fell incomplete. Jace Hovey, Riley Van Eaton, and Ashton Moore all rushed for touchdowns for Louisburg. Moore paced the Wildcat defense with 18 stops and a fumble recovery.

Labette County snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 25-8 win over Fort Scott on Friday. Quarterback Kendall Holtzman passed for 269 yards and four touchdowns for the Grizzlies.  Griffin Eaton paced the Grizzly offense with five catches for 128 yards and two scores.

McPherson scored in each of the first three quarters in gradually pulling away for a 24-0 win over Winfield. Hunter Alvord passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns and Jaytin Gumm added a rushing score for the Bullpups. The McPherson defense limited Winfield to 138 total yards on the night.

After winning on Saturday last week, KC Piper handled KC Turner 62-6 on short rest on Friday night. Logan Ladish completed 6 of 7 passes for 99 yards and three scores for the Pirates. All three of Ladish’s touchdown passes went to senior Colin Vigil who caught five for 89 yards. Ladish also added a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Class 3A:

Wellsville remained unbeaten by outscoring Bishop Ward 17-3 in the second half to pull away for a 38-21 victory. The Eagles led 21-18 at halftime. Wellsville junior quarterback William Dorsey passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns – one each to Dezmond Winton and Devin Haas. Nash Money led the ground game with 124 yards and three scores for the Eagles.

Concordia snapped a three-game skid with a 38-12 district win over Hiawatha. The Panthers rushed for 388 yards on the night led by senior Stryker Hake’s 198 yards and two touchdowns. Juniors Caleb Hanson, Braeden Primeaux, and Dustin Sterrett each added scoring runs.  

Pratt outscored Hoisington 17-0 in the second half en route to a 37-13 road win. The Greenbacks showed good balance in rushing for 265 yards and passing for 203 on the night. Carson Hoeme led Pratt with 98 yards and a touchdown on the ground. John Martinez and Max Younie added 86 and 80 yards rushing, respectively. Younie passed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, while Hoeme and Martinez each threw touchdown passes as well. J’air Johnson had two receptions totaling 85 yards – both of which went for scores. Hoisington was led by Mason Alderdice who rushed for 107 yards and a score on five attempts.

Cheney outscored Smoky Valley 13-0 in the second half to pick up a key 27-14 district win. The Cardinals and Vikings were tied until Cheney’s Josh Burdick connected with Jackson Voth on a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Shortly after, Caleb Wehrman scooped up a Viking fumble and returned it for a touchdown for the two-score advantage. Smoky Valley was led by Justice Autry’s 66 yards rushing, while Karson Pihl and Kade Blanchat each rushed for scores.

Burlington built a 20-0 lead over Iola and held on for a 20-18 victory over the Mustangs. Chance Hegg’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Grant Hegg gave the Wildcats a 20-0 advantage in the third quarter. Iola’s Eli Adams returned the ensuing kickoff for a score to pull the Mustangs within 20-6. Landon Weide connected on touchdown passes to Karter Hutton and Korbin Cloud, but the Mustangs could not convert the two-point conversion to tie. Cam Stadel led Burlington with 74 yards and two scores on the ground.

Class 2A:

In a matchup of previously undefeated teams, Council Grove continued its remarkable rise with a 21-0 win against West Franklin. Council Grove, a one-win team last season, is 5-0 with four shutouts this year. The Braves held West Franklin to 80 total yards. Sophomore Ace Monihen delivered 209 total yards and three scores. Senior Ethan Burton contributed 100 all-purpose yards and three times pinned West Franklin inside its own 20 on punts. Junior Jay Johnson enjoyed another big game with seven tackles, two for loss. Sophomore Hayden Buttrey recorded six tackles, four for loss. Sophomore Holden Ziegler has 18 pancake blocks this season, which ties the school mark. Johnson is tied with Ty Salas for the Council Grove single-season tackle for loss record at 12. Council Grove is 5-0, 2-0 in District 2.

Cimarron earned the first win of the Casey Flax era with a 23-14 victory against Larned. The Bluejays had scored just 15 total points in the first four games, including a 2-0 loss to rival Lakin in Week 4. Cimarron ran 59 plays for 258 yards. Larned led 8-0 early before Cimarron scored twice in the first half on runs of three and 59 yards. Ethan Ogles and Holden Kite ran in the conversions for the Bluejays.

Chaparral improved to 5-0 and set up a big game against 2A No. 3 Kingman in a matchup of undefeated teams. After three wins by 13 points or fewer in the first month, the Roadrunners dispatched Douglass 42-6. Senior Austin Clark completed 9 of 23 passes for 176 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed nine times for 149 yards and three scores. Senior Jackson Swartz delivered two receptions for 85 yards and a score. Clark also delivered eight tackles, two for loss. Chaparral/Kingman will have significant ramifications for the District 6 title.

Halstead improved to 2-3 with a 55-21 win against Hillsboro. Halstead led 20-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime. Senior Skyler Geer delivered 20 carries for 141 yards and three scores. Junior Owen Farmer rushed seven times for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Overall, Farmer delivered 198 total yards. Senior Adler Davison delivered 11 tackles, one for loss. Senior Thomas Burns boomed a 61-yard punt that pinned Hillsboro inside its own 20.

Russell defeated Thomas More Prep-Marian, 22-0. Russell broke a scoreless tie with a 76-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. Russell is 3-2. TMP opened 3-0, though has lost twice and not scored an offensive TD in two games. Russell senior quarterback Wyatt Middleton completed 12 of 16 passes for 233 yards with a pair of scores against one interception. Russell picked off two passes and held the Monarchs to 3.7 yards per carry. Senior Jacob Ney rushed 14 times for 80 yards and a score. The top-four teams in District 2 are all 3-2 or better.

Lakin improved to 5-0 with a 61-16 win against Southwestern Heights. Junior Maddux Beltran completed 5 of 5 passes for 102 yards for a score. Sophomore Colter Oldham rushed 16 times for 167 yards and two scores. Oldham continued his big year with 15 tackles. Lakin sits atop District 7.

Osage City has won two straight after a 52-28 win against Sedgwick. Osage City led 31-6 after the first quarter. Senior Landon Boss completed 22 of 33 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown. He rushed 15 times for 174 yards and four TDs. Junior Cooper Parsons finished with 10 tackles.

Class 1A:

Conway Springs defeated Ellinwood, 36-0. The Cardinals led Ellinwood, 20-0, after the first quarter. After three consecutive losses to open the season, Conway Springs has won two straight games. Brayden Kunz enjoyed another massive performance with 22 carries for 251 yards and two scores. Kunz has 125 carries for 872 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Taylor Wykes delivered five tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Smith Center grinded out a 37-7 win against Oakley. The Redmen led 14-0 at halftime and 22-0 in the third quarter. Smith Center returned a kickoff for a score early in the fourth.

St. Marys has won two straight after a 65-14 win against Valley Falls. St. Marys’ defense held Valley Falls to minus-19 rushing yards. St. Marys led 31-0 after the first quarter and 58-0 at halftime.

Medicine Lodge halted a two-game losing streak with a 28-12 win against Sterling and moved to 2-3. Sterling led 12-0 after the first quarter before the Indians scored seven in the second, seven in the third and 14 in the fourth. Junior Carter Cunningham completed 13 of 21 passes for 98 yards with two touchdowns against one interception. Junior Kye Gerdes delivered 99 all-purpose yards.

Class 8-man I

Hoxie defeated Oberlin-Decatur Community, 54-0. Senior Brady Jones completed 5 of 5 passes for 105 yards with two touchdowns against no interceptions. Senior Ryan Shaw finished with four carries for 62 yards and a score. Senior Drew Bretz delivered four carries for 44 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Shaw and senior Miles Baalman each had a receiving TD. Junior Jonathan Mader had six tackles, two for loss. Hoxie has a huge home game against No. 2 Hill City on Friday.

Macksville defeated Ness City, 58-12, and improved to 5-0. Both of Ryan Kuckelman’s completions went for touchdowns, one to Jason Cleveland for 37 yards and another to Lance Lickiss for 50. Kuckelman delivered 87 passing and 193 rushing yards. Kuckelman finished with 21 tackles, Lickiss with eight.

Defending state champion Meade won its 20th straight contest and set up the marquee, much-anticipated road game versus No. 1 Leoti-Wichita County. Meade has tied the school record for consecutive victories. The Buffs have outscored teams, 260-18. On Friday, Meade defeated South Gray, 58-6. Meade held a 20-6 advantage after the first quarter and scored 38 in the second.

After a week off because of a forfeit win, Oswego held off Sedan and improved to 4-1. The Indians won 52-48 for its second one-score victory of the season. Last year, Oswego went 3-6 and lost a pair of one-score games. Senior Jake Hutchinson delivered 22 carries for 177 yards and three TDs. All 310 of Oswego’s yards came on the ground.

Central Burden improved to 4-1 in the first season of the second stint under coach Jeff Savage. The Raiders defeated Udall, 64-14. Team players of the game went to WR/DE Guilherme Oliveria, RB/CB Bradan Balman and QB Jace Wunderlich. CB led 20-6 after the first quarter and led 44-14 at halftime. Wunderlich completed 14 of 20 passes for 280 yards and four scores.

Wichita Independent continues to impress in the program’s first eight-man football season. Independent is 5-0 and has a big game against No. 5 South Sumner County this week. Independent earned a quality win against Argonia-Attica, 64-18. Sophomore Tatum Stalnaker completed seven of eight passes for 187 yards with three touchdowns. Senior Christian Dean finished with 14 carries for 147 yards and two TDs. Junior Alvin Richard delivered five carries for 21 yards and three TDs.

Class 8-man II

Wheatland-Grinnell picked up its first win with a 48-0 victory against Logan-Palco. The Thunderhawks ran 41 times for 276 yards, all from seniors. Nathan Vollbracht collected 12 carries for 174 yards and two scores. He also caught a three-yard scoring pass.

Minneola improved to 5-0 with a 76-38 win against Satanta. Junior Eli Lang continued his remarkable season with 10 touchdowns. He completed 18 of 35 passes for 417 yards and seven touchdowns against two interceptions. Lang delivered 20 carries for 139 yards and three scores. Minneola rolled up 690 yards of total offense. Lang has already accounted for 32 scores – 18 passing, 14 rushing. He has passed for 1,241 yards and rushed for 710. Minneola has scored at least 46 points in each contest. Minneola will be favored at home against Pike Valley before key matchups versus Hodgeman County and Dighton.

Osborne has won four in a row against a season-opening loss to Hill City. The Bulldogs ran 45 times for 296 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-30 win against Beloit St. John’s-Tipton. Junior quarterback Doak Guttery finished with seven carries for 97 yards and three TDs. Sophomore Dawson Lantz delivered 11 carries for 110 yards and a score. BSJT dropped to 4-1. Sophomore Tyson Gates rushed 21 times for 123 yards and four scores. The senior Jermarks, Chance and Cooper, finished with 12 and 11 tackles, respectively.

South Barber moved to 5-0 with a 44-28 victory versus South Central. The Chieftains received a big game from junior Briggs Jewell. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 245 yards with four touchdowns, along with 18 carries for 55 yards and two TDs.

Marmaton Valley outscored Hartford 52-46 behind an outstanding performance from sophomore quarterback Brayden Lawson. Lawson passed for 155 yards and a touchdown on Friday night, but did most of his damage on the ground. Lawson rushed 38 times for 245 yards and six scores to lead the Wildcats to the close victory.


Northern Valley, just outside of the top-5, defeated Triplains-Brewster, 53-6. The Huskies led 24-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 at halftime. Gavin Thalheim had 11 tackles. Foster Brands recovered a fumble. Kenton Thalheim was 7 of 8 passing for 108 yards and three scores. Jeremiah Hansen and Owen Hammond each delivered a rushing TD. NV lost by one point to Cheylin two weeks ago with several turnovers. In the win, Northern Valley forced three turnovers and committed zero.

Peabody-Burns improved to 3-2 with a 46-0 win against Southern Coffey County. Senior Colton Gossen had four carries for 62 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Jefferson Glover finished with three rushes for 83 yards and a pair of TDs. Junior Tanner Parks was 5 of 7 for 85 yards and two scores.




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